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Facts vs. Flair • The debate over long-form storytelling raged long before podcasts.
Power Shout-Outs • I love how “The New Power 30” [March] looks like Chicago, isn’t just the usual names everyone knows, and talks about who’s changing the foundation of our city. I was also struck by how the “How I Stood Up to Power” moments all revolve around whether [the subjects] were going to let someone else control their identity.
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Talking Points • This month’s essential Zoom happy hour chatter
Digging Out • Office vacancy rates in the Loop during the pandemic have surpassed their ’70s peak. So what’s it going to take to bring people back?
Girls Interrupted • In her new book, Julie DiCaro speaks for fellow female journalists who’ve been wounded by misogyny in sports.
Web of Fab • A refreshed Hinsdale home with a storybook exterior is on the market for nearly $4 million.
Jerk-Free Zone • Karen Alpert, the local humor blogger behind Baby Sideburns, dishes real-talk parenting advice in her new book, Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be A-Holes (out April 27). Here’s what she suggests for when your kid …
Smartmatic vs. Fox News • How do you correct mass disinformation? According to the Chicago attorneys representing the plaintiff, by slapping a huge price tag on it.
Beans on Totes • The humble legume is having a moment, thanks to carryalls that elevate it to abstract art.
Euro Visions • A frothy new Bucktown boutique sprinkles in a little vintage flatware and local jewelry, and a whole lot of transporting joy.
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Charles Whitaker • Journalism educator, tennis loyalist, afternoon snoozer
Drugstore Gourmet • A Walgreens-sourced wine tasting to cure the pandemic blues
Will It Taco? • The chefs at this new taqueria are tucking some fancy things into tortillas — but they still make a killer al pastor.
Not Your Bubbe’s Jewish Deli • Vegan pastrami, blue corn matzo ball soup, pimiento cheese knishes — the offerings at these new spots are anything but traditional.
Baking Without Borders • Breakfast challah? Brie kouign-amann? A new pop-up in Lincoln Square thinks outside the pastry case.
The Hot List • 10 places everyone’s talking about (in order of heat)
Prototype for Life • Two architects built a home to test their design theories — and fell in love with their creation.
Kaleidoscope Dreams • Too much beige in your life? Toss in some offbeat throw pillows.
Hang Like a Pro • How do you create a gallery-worthy art wall in your home? KitchenLab Interiors cofounder Rebekah Zaveloff shares advice gleaned from these past projects.
The Box Score Detective • How a stats nerd helped undo one of baseball’s most enduring injustices
NOODLE NIRVANA • Italian pappardelle, Japanese ramen, Filipino pancit, Spanish fideos, old-school spaghetti and meatballs! Chicagoans are living in a global noodle paradise. Here’s your guide to the best, plus chef recipes, gluten-free options, and more.
THE FIVE BEST NOODLE DISHES IN CHINATOWN • Chicago’s self-proclaimed “chow king,” Titus Ruscitti, canvassed the neighborhood in search of the best bowls. The winners, ranked:
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Better Than Takeout • Want your noodles to taste like they just came from the...